Black Desert / White Desert
Trip Start Mar 14, 2009
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From there we set off into Sahara Suda (Black Desert) formed by the erosion of the mountains which have spread a layer of black powder over the ground.
Here we climbed up Gebel Az-Zuqaq, a mountain known for its red, yellow and orange streaks. From the top we surveyed to the horizon the beauty of the Black Desert.
From here a driver got a bit creative with his driving, you know you are going to have a good time when the driver enjoys what he is doing
After a dip in a cold spring full of local children, we dined rather impressively, well with our deprived taste buds, on a simple lunch of tinned tuna salads, cheeses, dips, chips and drinks.
With our bellies full we made our way further south into the Great Sahra al-Beida (White Desert), for a bit more off road driving. Our first stop was crystal mountain, a hill made entirely of quartz, nothing special.
On first entering the white desert, we were slightly disappointed. The sand wasn't really all that white, in our opinions. With everyone saying how beautiful the white desert is we were expecting more. However the white desert soon started to show its true colours as the white started to blaze in the after noon sun. It's not the sand which is white but the chalky white rock formations that come in all shapes and sizes, from giant rabbits, to chickens, to mushrooms.
The sun was starting to make its way to the horizon and with us still driving amongst the giant white rocks
We awoke in the morning to find the tracks of desert foxes walking right passed our mattresses. Everyone else had been woken by the alien like cries of the foxes, but we didn't even stir. We wish we had seen the little creatures that had ran off with the melon from our dinner the night before.
After breakfast we drove the couple of hours back to Bawiti with a short stop to have a bath at another spring. We had a couple of last hours to enjoy the peaceful oasis before we had to take the 6 hour bus back to Cairo.
We are truly liking Egypt once more.